October Newsletter

1st Virtual CBA Career Conference

The Pitt Business Career Development Conference had to undergo several changes this academic year. As with all in-person events, the conference moved to a virtual platform. Despite the non-traditional conference format, the event was a huge success with over 70 companies and nearly 900 Pitt Business students in attendance.

Our students met in virtual group sessions, as well as one-on-one networking meetings with employers over the span of two days. This resulted in over 4,000 unique interactions between students and employers.

The company line-up included Amazon, Aldi, Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Deloitte, Eaton, Eli Lilly, Grant Thornton, Hershey, JP Morgan, KPMG, PNC, and UPMC.

Typically, the conference is a one-day event. This year, it was expanded to cover an entire week of programming. Conference week kicked off with nine industry panel sessions, covering all areas of business. Panelists included Pitt Business alumni, executives, managers, and recruiters from the conference’s participating companies. Students listened and asked questions to industry leaders who shared their experiences and valuable advice.

“With nearly 100% of students who attended say that they would recommend this event to their classmates, it’s no wonder why this annual event is the reason why Pitt Business ranks No. 2 best public business program in ‘Getting Grads the Jobs They Want’ by Poets&Quants,” said Christopher T. Meaner, Director of Career Development.

The next scheduled event is the Spring Internship and Job Fair, which will be virtually held on Friday, January 29, 2021. 

If you would like to learn more about this event, or you would like to have your company recruit at the event, please reach out to the Pitt Business Career Development Office at careers@business.pitt.edu.

Alumni Feature: Theresa Boras

Meet Theresa Boras, East Coast Sales Manager at Hulu:

How has your degree influenced your career?   
My CBA degree has been the foundation to my successful career.  No matter what decision I encounter, I use the techniques from my courses and apply them to make strategic decisions. I often find myself conducting SWAT analyses along with writing business cases in order to clearly justify organizational changes.  
 
What is one piece of advice you would share with your fellow alumni?
Network!  Even during a pandemic, find time to connect virtually connect with your network and people outside of your network. Have exploratory conversations, ask smart questions and always learn more! 
 
What is your favorite part of your current job?
The people!  At Hulu, we call our co-workers, Hulugans. It’s truly the reason why I love working here!  Over the last 15 year of my career, I found myself happiest when I work with smart, dynamic leaders who I can learn from and push me to be the best version of myself. I am very fortune to have a great team; as they say- “A leader is only as good as their team.” 
 
What is your favorite memory about being a student at CBA?
Meeting up with friends at Hillman Library.  We would get our favorite cappuccinos from the 7-Eleven and stay up all evening working on projects together for class.
 
What is something interesting about you that people may not know? 
I moved to Australia and worked for Fairfax Media for 2 years.  I love to travel, and my husband and I decided to leave our jobs in NYC and move to Sydney.  We both had never been to Australia, but if you can make it in NY, you can make it anywhere!  We used our network and landed advertising jobs in Sydney.  It was a great decision that gave us international experience and the ability to explore a new country. 

Latest CBA Rankings

The University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration was recently named as one of the nation’s best business schools—ranking No. 25 among public programs and No. 38 among all programs in the 2021 Best Undergraduate Business Programs Ranking released by U.S. News & World Report.

“For the seventh year in a row, Pitt Business has been listed as a top 25 public business program,” says Lawrence Feick, Interim Associate Dean of Pitt Business. “We are grateful for this important external recognition. Our consistent success in the rankings summarizes student success: Pitt Business is nationally recognized for its 95 percent internship rate and 97 percent placement rate post-graduation. Additionally, 100 percent of students who enter Pitt Business as freshmen graduate on-time and within four years, even though more than three-quarters take on additional majors and certificates.”

In another business school ranking by Poets&Quants, Pitt Business is ranked as the No. 1 program in Pennsylvania for return on investment. This ranking is calculated on the average total salary of business students five years post-graduation versus the total in-state tuition of the program. Learn more. 

We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated annually from September 15 - October 15 to acknowledge the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin American, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Many labels are used for this racial-ethnic group, with the most common umbrella terms being “Hispanic” and “Latina/e/o/x.” Did you know we have the Roberto Clemente Student Association at the undergraduate and graduate levels? These groups are focused on promoting academic, professional, and social development for underrepresented groups.

Upcoming Events

  • Homecoming 2020 is approaching, and the week of October 19 will be filled with virtual activities that will entertain and enlighten. Plan to join us from a distance to connect with Pitt and fellow alumni from around the world. The Pitt Alumni Association and their partners across campus are planning virtual events, including a concert, lectures, happy hours and a special University update. Click here to learn more and to register.
  • Pitt Business October Webinar
  • PBAN Webinar